This is Beijing's most famous Peking Duck restaurant, and also one of the oldest, having been established in 1864. The huge, plush dining hall is ... More
Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
This is Beijing's most famous Peking Duck restaurant, and also one of the oldest, having been established in 1864. The huge, plush dining hall is filled with diners eager to try this dish in its most authentic setting. A basic duck starts at CNY108, but the pancakes, scallions and sauces are extra. For CNY168 you can choose your bird before it is roasted, and get all the trimmings "for free". The menu also has dishes made from every other part of the duck, save the quack. Beers, spirits and soft drinks are served, and there is a separate fast-food section.
We were directed to the "Foreigner's" section while the price is much higher for the same food. Request for general seating is denied as "lack of space". At 5:30 in the afternoon ? Give me a break.
Food was run-of-the-mill, far from good, service was awful, lots of people but nobody speak good English, food came in wrong order and the duck was overcooked.
Do not go there, we went to another Peking Duck place (called the Duck King), recommended by the local people and it was excellent.
Nice reception, nice room, reasonble good service. Duck was ok, but have tasted better one (the duck at Han a couple of weeks ago was cerrtainly better) , they could have a nicer presentation of the duck. But all in all in was a remarkanble diner. No idea about the price, was invited. Bur the venue was nice.
I have lived in Beijing for 2 years and Beijing duck is one of my favorite dishes. I have tried dozens of restaurants' duck and found this tourist trap to be the worst Beiing Kaoya I have ever tried. In fact, I left without finishing, and picked up some dumplings at the corner stand to satisfy my hunger.
From dry duck to sticky, inedible pancakes to limp cucumber, this place failed at every step.
If you are here on holiday, save yourself the horrible memory and avoid Quanjude at all costs. Better to have no duck in China, then to go home and tell your friends that you have had better in your own country. There is no risk, and a completely rewarding experience, in ignoring your concierge, striking out on your own, and finding a jewel in the lane behind your hotel.
If you live here, you already know and either stopped reading earlier, or are nodding your head sagaciously.
This place is overpriced. The food really is not any better than the cheaper stores selling Beijing Duck, but the restuarant is pretty clean with good service. Average cost is around 150RMB per person. You can do better at that price range. This place is resting on its laurels.
I ate at 2 of their locations in Beijing at least once a week, if not twice for business entertainment from oct. 2011 to january, 2012 when i was stationed in Beijing. The food was OK, nothing special.
But i developed health problems but did not make the connection. I had bloody stool which was traced to stomach ulcer. It wasn't until recently i found QuanjuDe was using garbage oil to cook their veggie dishes and various other accompaniments to the Roast Duck. Evidently, they also bought veggies preserved with Formaldehyde , a toxic, carcinogenic chemical. If you value your health, AVOID this sham restaurant at all costs. I m hoping i have not suffered long term damage ingesting their toxic food/duck.
I have been to the finer roast duck restaurants in Beijing, Tianjin, Xi'an and Shanghai - and this is my favorite. The service is absolutely splendid. You can find roast duck restaurants with food AS good for a lot less, but this is a nicer overall experience than most other places.
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